A federal drug enforcement agent was killed and one other was critically injured in a chaotic scene of gunfire at an Amtrak prepare station in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday morning, a metropolis councilman mentioned.
The councilman, Steve Kozachik, mentioned a metropolis police officer was additionally shot and was in secure situation. The injured agent was in important situation, Chief Chris Magnus of the Tucson police mentioned at a information convention on Monday afternoon.
What set off the gunfire was not fully clear, he mentioned. He mentioned that the brokers, from the Drug Enforcement Administration, had been conducting a routine sweep of the prepare when two folks on board reacted to their presence and one opened fireplace.
It was not clear if all of the gunfire occurred aboard the prepare or whether or not some pictures had been fired on the platform, he mentioned.
One individual was in custody, the Tucson Police Division mentioned on Twitter, including later that it had secured the scene.
The gunfire prompted the evacuation of the Sundown Restricted Prepare 2, which had been carrying 137 passengers and 11 crew members at the time of the taking pictures, a lot of which was captured on stay net cameras positioned on the prepare platform.
All of these aboard the prepare, which had been touring from Los Angeles to New Orleans, had been safely evacuated, an Amtrak spokesman mentioned.
The gunfire started round 8 a.m. native time whereas the double-decker prepare was stopped at a platform at the station in Tucson, and intensified about quarter-hour later, stay net digital camera footage from the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum confirmed.
At one level, two bursts of at least six pictures sounded as two folks, who gave the impression to be legislation enforcement officers, crouched behind a field on the platform.
In one other video, a legislation enforcement officer with a police canine approached an open door of the prepare after pictures had been fired. Moments later, the officer retreated from the prepare automotive as a gunman appeared to open fireplace on him and the canine.
Evan Courtney, 43, mentioned in a direct message on Twitter on Monday afternoon that he went to get a espresso from a restaurant close to the station and returned to the lounge automotive when folks got here working, yelling “pictures fired.”
“I grabbed my backpack and ran,” mentioned Mr. Courtney, an govt pastor who runs an internet and graphic design company. “I appeared out of the window and noticed SWAT with assault rifles huddled behind barricades.”
Mr. Courtney mentioned that he was touring from Los Angeles to New Orleans, and that the prepare had pulled in to the Tucson station for what was purported to be a 30-minute cease. As of 11:30 a.m. native time, he mentioned, he was nonetheless on a bus with different passengers who had been evacuated at least an hour earlier.
“I actually couldn’t imagine this was taking place to me,” he mentioned, including that it was laborious to see what was happening. “And I didn’t have any info to go off of. I may combat or flight.”
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